Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, is spending part of his Fourth of July break overseas, visiting with leaders of a major U.S. ally.
Reuters reports that South Carolina’s senior senator is visiting Pakistan along with a delegation of other U.S. senators this week, including John McCain, R-Ariz., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
The group met Sunday with Pakistani officials about the ongoing U.S. military effort in Afghanistan, where President Donald Trump’s administration is reviewing America’s strategy in the nearly two-decade long war with the Taliban.
The senators stressed that cooperation from neighboring Pakistan will be crucial in that effort.
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“We will not have peace in the region without Pakistan,” McCain told local journalists after the meeting.
The meeting comes as the Trump administration is reportedly considering taking a harder stance towards Pakistan in response to militant attacks on U.S. soldiers launched from its territory.
Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the U.S. in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in attacks by Islamic militants in response to its crackdowns.